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Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul: (H G Wells Masterpiece Collection)
Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul: (H G Wells Masterpiece Collection)
by H G Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.60

1.0 out of 5 stars ... might give it two but this particular edition is terrible - blank lines where they should not be, 31 July 2014
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I might give it two but this particular edition is terrible - blank lines where they should not be, no blank lines where they should be... I have a dark suspision that the editor just copypasted the text from somewhere, changed the format of the file and didn't even check what that would result in.


Blas na Gàidhlig: The Practical Guide to Scottish Gaelic Pronunciation
Blas na Gàidhlig: The Practical Guide to Scottish Gaelic Pronunciation
by Michael Bauer
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for long-distance learners, 4 Jun. 2011
Definitely worth the price, especially taking into account it is accompanied by some 450MB of sound files, featuring the words appearing in the text, which are (legally!) downloadable from the Net for free.

Part 1 is a short explanation of the importance of acquiring good pronunciation; Part 2 decribes, one by one, all Gaelic vowels and consonants (the sounds, rather than the letters; to make this part more digestible, there are a few pieces of related trivia scattered around). Part 3 explains how these sound interact with each other: this includes intonation, word stress or sounds disappearing in fast speech as well as single and jumping lenition, slenderization or preaspiration. Part 4 then looks at how these sound are put into the Gaelic spelling system.

The two most important appendices are a 'Wordlist' with pronunciations given not only for the basic forms, but also for genitives and plurals, comparatives, verbal nouns &c, including more detailed tables for irregular verbs. The other is a 'Guide to Reading Gaelic', about 250 rules following which one can, going letter by letter, 'reconstruct' the pronunciation of a particular Gaelic word from the way it's written.

The author managed to write a book that is quite enjoyable and highly informative at the same time, while the sound files leave no doubt about how should a particular phonetic transcription really sound. I should especially recommend it to everybody who studies Gaelic without the possibility of being in a regular contact with a native speaker always at the ready to point out the mistakes a learner will inevitably do.

(One warning, though: if your native language isn't English, brace yourself for finding out about a thing or two you're doing bad in that language as well.)


Understanding Grammar in Scotland Today
Understanding Grammar in Scotland Today
by John Corbett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic grammar concisely explained, 4 April 2010
This book is written from the descriptive, rather than prescriptive, point of view, and leads the reader from the very basic things, like classifying words into particular parts of speech, to describing how phrases, clauses, and finally complex sentences work. After eight chapters about "parsing" it adds one dealing with various verb forms, and concludes with one intended for those interested in the SQA "Higher" Examination. Unless you're afraid of technical terms like predicator, adverbial or passive voice, it seems very good both as a way of learning from scratch how the English language is structured and as a reference book when you need to check some point. (However, the title does not mean that it compares modern English as used in Scotland and elsewhere, although a few such differences are mentioned in passing.)


The Gaelic-English Dictionary: A Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic
The Gaelic-English Dictionary: A Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic
by Colin B.D. Mark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £45.52

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best for intermediate & advanced learner, 29 Oct. 2009
Probably the best dictionary of contemporary Gaelic for intermediate and advanced learners, including online ones. In addition to translations contains a lot of example phrases and sentences, usage notes, and twelve detailed appendices on individual parts of speech, numerals, time expressions, points of compass and proper names. Somewhat lacking in areas (e.g. IT) where presumably the author didn't consider some expressions as already well-established; spelling of placenames occasionally differs from other dictionaries; but as a whole a perfect dictionary for a learner who is no longer fully satisfied with the scope of The Essential Gaelic-English Dictionary (in particular, but not only, with regard to compound nouns).


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